Facebook Messenger now has over 800 million users worldwide

Facebook Messenger now has over 800 million users worldwide

Facebook Messenger already emerged as a powerful messaging app. But today, it has been revealed that it has surpassed the mark of 800 million monthly active users worldwide.

Messenger was separated from Facebook and became a standalone messaging client for mobile phone users in 2015. Even more, the messaging client was recently transformed into a Messenger platform. This new change was aimed to not only provide you a way to chat with your friends but also to offer several app developers a place to let them create special apps for the Messenger users.

Facebook’s VP of Messaging products David Marcus in a detailed press note revealed the new user base figure and provided a roadmap for 2016. Marcus says that Facebook brought “significant improvements” to its Messenger last year. These improvements already said to be resulted “blazing fast” experience. Also, features like video calling, customised conversations and Businesses on Messenger were introduced to expand the coverage of the messaging app that Facebook had initially designed to rival Google’s Hangouts. “We created all these experiences with a mindset of helping hundreds of millions of people manage their daily interactions with people, businesses, and services more seamlessly than even,” he said in the note.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger hits 800 million monthly active users

Apart from the competitive features, Facebook Messenger got some unique ones to highlight its existence in the homogeneous market of chat apps. The app got the limited payments transfer ability in March last year. And most recently, it received Message Requests feature to let you talk with anyone; even with those whom phone numbers are not known to you.

Facebook looking ahead of the 800 million users

Well, all the new features majorly helped Facebook influence new users and gave a tough competition to all the existing messaging apps, whether it is Hangouts or some Asian messaging clients like LINE or WeChat. But the social networking giant is looking ahead of the 800 million user base. “It’s a good number, but we have so munch more opportunity ahead of us, and these are still the early days of Messenger,” Marcus said.

Facebook Messenger payments

Facebook Messenger got the limited payments transfer ability

Predicting the future of Messenger, Marcus said that his team is working to leave phone number behind and bringing new features based on the context of your last interactions. He also mentioned the plans to make ways to let you communication “in your own style and tone”.

In August last year, Facebook announced the development of its own M personal digital assistant that would be integrated within Messenger app. This new assistant will offer an advanced conversation experience through some proprietary AI capabilities that the Menlo Park, California-headquarterd company is designing under a special team.

Facebook Messenger with M personal digital assistant

Facebook Messenger with M personal digital assistant

“We want all of our experiences to be delightful and helpful, and to make your life easier, but we also want to empower you to put a smile on the faces of those people who matter the most in your life,” Marcus concluded.

But no competition with WhatsApp

Facebook Messenger is undoubtedly getting bigger with the new features and tweaks. But still, it’s not as popular as WhatsApp. The app that the Mark Zuckerberg-led company acquired for $19 billion in the past is now the most used instant messaging app with over 900 million users globally.

Considering the sketched roadmap and the recent history, Facebook is quite clear in distinguishing Messenger from WhatsApp. The company is perhaps building the former more as a big communication platform, while the latter as an alternative to SMS.

That being said, Facebook is foreseeing a fruitful future in the world of messaging apps. This would make things difficult for Google that actively trying to grab some attention through Hangouts.

With inputs from Jagmeet Singh

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